Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

  • 90'
  • USA
  • 2017

Shot in gorgeous black-and-white and narrated by the filmmaker in his expressive, characteristic voice, the film relates the story of Travis Wilkerson's white supremacist great-grandfather S.E. Branch who shot and killed Bill Spann, a black man. Wilkerson's great-grandfather was never charged with the crime, while his victim was almost forgotten.

Set in lower Alabama, the filmmaker encounters obstacle after obstacle when he starts his investigative documentary murder mystery. He's accused of bringing shame upon the family, shaking up old trouble nobody wants. The ghosts are real in Alabama, and the film establishes a parallel narrative line with Robert Mulligan's classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). "This isn't a white savior story. This is a white nightmare story", announces the filmmaker in the beginning of the film and he will make us not forget it. "An urgent, often corrosive look at America's past and present" (NYT). 

Director
Travis Wilkerson
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Travis Wilkerson
Production Company
Creative Agitation
Sales
Travis Wilkerson
Cinematography
Travis Wilkerson
Editor
Travis Wilkerson
Sound Design
Travis Wilkerson

Programme IFFR 2018

A History of Shadows

A series of films that shows the diverse and contemporary ways in which cinema revisits the past and re-evaluates the position of history’s losers.

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